South City foster mom accused of burning baby’s bottom with bleach

A South San Francisco foster mom is accused of soaking her 20-month-old baby’s diaper in bleach, badly burning the little girl, authorities said.

Patricia Ann Moore, 65, is facing a felony child endangerment charge after she brought the baby girl to Kaiser Hospital in South San Francisco on Aug. 19 with first and second degree burns on both buttocks, San Mateo Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

Moore told authorities that the baby had a defecation problem. She said she bathed the child in 12 inches of water and a half-capful of bleach, Wagstaffe said. She also told cops she noticed the redness the next day and decided to bring the little girl to the hospital, he said.

But doctors and cops did not believe her story one bit, Wagstaffe said. They believe she soaked the diaper in bleach before strapping it onto her foster child, he said

“If the bleach in 12 inches of water had caused the burns, it would have been all over, not just the buttocks, but also in the crotch area, inner thighs, etc.,” Wagstaffe said.

Cops dispatched to Moore’s home said they found a diaper in the trash, with the rear-end section soaked with bleach.

On the baby’s buttocks, authorities said there was a “waffle pattern of a diaper fabric.”

Prosecutors are not alleging that Moore intended to burn the baby, but that the harm was done and she lied about it, Wagstaffe said.

Moore faces a maximum of 6 years in state prison if convicted of the felony child endangerment charges. The defendant is out of custody on $50,000 bail bond. She posted bail on Sept. 1, four days after her arrest, Wagstaffe said.

She pleaded not guilty Tuesday morning in a South San Francisco courtroom.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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